An Arkansas teen said he was turned away from joining the Marines when he revealed he had a Confederate flag tattoo.
Anthony Bauswell, 18, has the rebel flag inked on his rib, with the words ‘Southern Pride’ emblazoned underneath.
Bauswell was in the process of enlisting at the Marine Corps Recruiting Center in Conway on Monday when the recruiter said it made him ineligible.
Antony Bauswell, 18, (left) said he was disqualified from the Marines when he revealed he had a Confederate flag tattoo (right)
‘He says DQ, just automatically, DQ,’ Bauswell told KARK 4.
While each branch of the military has its own specific rules, the prohibition of racist, extremist or gang-related tattoos is all-encompassing.
Bauswell said ’99 percent of the reason’ why he got ‘Southern Pride’ in addition to the flag was because he did not want the tattoo to be seen as racist.
‘I felt pretty low,’ he said. ‘My own government wasn’t going to let me serve my country because of the ink on my skin’…